New A2 owner few questions

AlvaroP

Member
Just to add/clarify what lights should appear on the dash at start-up for the A2 FSI.

Apologies for the next poor image, it was raining here this morning overcast sky and poor light.
Plus I have a cheap camera and really needed two right hands to get this picture that only lasts for a fraction of a second. Took many failed attempts.

When the ignition key is inserted and rotated to its first position the dash should light up like a xmas tree.

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Over the next few seconds the car checks out subsystems and four of the lights extinguish (satisfactory state).

First to disappear virtually simultaneously are the yellow Anti-lock Braking System (ABS in circle enclosed in round brackets) and yellow Electronic Stabilisation Program (! in equilateral triangle within circle).

Next to go is the Immobiliser yellow light (car symbol) and lastly the red AIR BAG light.

You are now left with this

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A further turn of the ignition key to start the engine and two yellow lights disappear followed by the red Alternator light (battery icon). [The yellow lights are the Engine Management System (EPC) and Emission Control System (engine icon){Audi's term generally called the EML}]. The presence of these after start-up are the lights that fraudsters by devious means hide to mask engine faults.

The red handbrake symbol (P in circle in round brackets) will vanish when the handbrake is released!!!

If you have no ignition lights at all I am guessing gross disconnection somewhere.

Andy
Cheers for this @Andrew very helpful.

All as expected on my new petrol 1.4, don't recall the EPC light persisting until the engine was started in my 1.4 TDI 90 though, will have to have a look at that. Is it different on the diesels? 🙂
 

Andrew

A2OC Donor
Cheers for this @Andrew very helpful.

All as expected on my new petrol 1.4, don't recall the EPC light persisting until the engine was started in my 1.4 TDI 90 though, will have to have a look at that. Is it different on the diesels? 🙂
Just a note of caution, my post to which you refer is for the 1.6 FSI, not 1.4 petrol. I do not know if the petrol 1.4 is identical, anyone?

Andy
 

PlasticMac

Member
Welcome. At 90k the engine has lots of life, 160k is typical end of life but a little more if it is pampered (assuming it has well looked after previously). The FSI engine needs premium petrol, Tesco Momentum is often championed and also run some injector through, bought nearly anywhere, including Sainsbury's. Next a VCDS scan and post the results here. I am guessing you do not have the diagnostic kit, so either a garage, who will probably charge or appeal for a local member who can help out - Sheffield anyone? Unfortunately your fault description screams the notorious FSI inlet manifold flap problem, which is not cheap to have professionally sorted, but let's wait for the scan results. Have you an EML on the dash?

Andy
Only use Super Unleaded, 98 or 99 octane petrol, in your FSI. This is what it was designed for, and what the Owners Manual specifies. Use Tesco Momentum, Shell Nitro, BP Ultimate etc,
What's sold as Premium is actually ordinary 95 octane. Currently, Super Unleaded doesn't contain ethanol either. Our engines, and hoses were not intended to be exposed to ethanol.
Get a KKL lead from ebay for under a fiver, and download the free VCDS Lite from Ross-Tech. Do your own scans. My FSI was a bit hesitant at low revs, (no EML). New plugs (NGK) and coil packs (Bosch) sorted that.
Welcome to the clan. Mac.
 

PlasticMac

Member
Yeah I thought that after I replied ? and no it’s got no lights on the dash
Do check that all dash lights, especially EML, come on when you turn the Ign key first click, ie before the starter turns. Has been known for the light to be "disabled" Mac.
 

PlasticMac

Member
Just a note of caution, my post to which you refer is for the 1.6 FSI, not 1.4 petrol. I do not know if the petrol 1.4 is identical, anyone?

Andy
The 1.4 is happy with "ordinaire" 95 octane. Just the 1.6 FSI that's a bit fussy! Mac.
 
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